The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), turned over a 6.7-kilometer community access road to Barangay Alegria in the town of Sibunag last week.
The access road, amounting to P40 million, is acknowledged as the biggest and most expensive sub-project constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS to date.
P35 million of its cost is from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a partner of the DSWD in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. The remaining P5 million is the local counterpart contribution of the local government unit (LGU) and the community.
The sub-project is funded through the incentive grant of the Kalahi-CIDSS and MCC partnership, dubbed as KC-MCC. The grant is given to communities that have a proven track record in the implementation of the project.
Brgy. Alegria has consistently shown good performance in Kalahi-CIDSS. Through the program, the community was able to build two school buildings prior to the construction of the access road. The village, together with the LGU, lobbied for and was granted the incentive grant with the condition that the project will be completed before the end of May 2015, the closing of KC-MCC. Last week’s turnover showed that they were more than able to meet that challenge.
While Brgy. Alegria is the proponent of the access road, its neighboring barangays will also benefit from the project, as the road also traverses through them.
In Brgy. Alegria alone, at least 280 households will benefit from this.